18 February 2020

Commenting on today’s labour market statistics published by the Office for National Statistics, Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard said:

“Today’s labour market statistics are further evidence if any was needed that this SNP government has no clear industrial strategy and is letting down the workers of Scotland.

“The number of those in work is down, and the number of those who are economically inactive is rising at an alarming rate.

“Women are bearing the brunt of this government’s lack of strategy with 12,000 more women out of work and women now accounting for over half of those not in work in Scotland.

“Enough is enough.

" It is not good enough for the SNP to manage decline.

"This year’s budget is an opportunity to turn around 13 years of mismanagement and prevent further cuts to councils and local communities which would be a start.

“The SNP must set about constructing a viable industrial strategy that will provide the high-skill, high-pay jobs that the people of Scotland badly need.”
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